The Multiple Benefits and Advantages of Dental Implants

The Multiple Benefits and Advantages of Dental Implants

Mar 01, 2020

Dental implants are titanium posts inserted into your jawbone to act as replacements for tooth roots. They are topped by dental restorations like crowns, bridges or dentures to work as fully functional replacement teeth. They are the most durable, natural and long-lasting method of tooth replacement and the Burlington dentist recommends them to all eligible candidates.

When compared to other forms of tooth replacement options dental implants have multiple benefits and advantages some of which are mentioned below for your reference:

  • Teeth that are supported by dental implants have the chewing power of natural teeth.
  • A tooth implant does not require grinding or weakening of the neighboring teeth like it is necessary when a dental bridge is being placed.
  • They have the looks and functionality of natural teeth and patients generally cannot differentiate between a natural tooth or a tooth-supported by a dental implant.
  • Bone loss is a common occurrence beneath missing teeth but dental implants can help to prevent bone loss. The preservation of the bone helps the stability of the neighboring natural teeth to be maintained along with the size and shape of the jaw.
  • Implant-supported crowns can fill the gap created by the missing tooth to prevent the accumulation of bacteria that can lead to infection and gum disease.
  • Even a front tooth implant can keep the neighboring teeth stable and prevent them from shifting out of position to compromise the alignment of the bite.
  • Denture implants remain firmly in place without the need for adhesives to provide enhanced chewing power.

The Benefits of Dental Implants Opposed to Traditional Dental Bridges

Missing teeth were being replaced by dental bridges for several decades despite them having certain drawbacks. Before a dental bridge can be placed the teeth neighboring the missing tooth needs to be ground down for the bridge to be bonded in place. The grinding down weakens the tooth leading to fractures, decay, and other complications. Moreover, dental bridges only last for about a decade.

The task of grinding down the neighboring teeth is eliminated even by mini dental implants. They can provide your jawbone with the chewing and biting stimulation needed to maintain the volume of bone around the teeth which dental bridges are not capable of.

The Disadvantages Of Conventional Dentures As Replacement Teeth

Before dental implants were introduced conventional dentures were the only solution for replacing the missing teeth in your mouth. Conventional dentures have improved dramatically over time but they still have some drawbacks because they can provide minimal chewing power, need to be secured in the mouth with adhesives, and can slip out of place or make clicking sounds when eating or talking. They can also accelerate bone loss in the jaw and are accompanied by many other problems which generally make them the least preferred option among patients that are looking forward to replacing a full arch of teeth.

Is Every Individual Suitable for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are suitable for patients of all ages and they can be the right choice for replacing one or more missing teeth due to injury, decay, or disease. This is a practical option for patients that are unable to wear removable dentures. However, the eligibility of the individual for dental implants will be determined by a dentist after a thorough evaluation of the patient’s dental and medical history.

Patients must have sufficient bone in the mouth to support the implant. Patients without sufficient bone will be offered safe and effective methods of correcting the deficiency. The dentist will assess the condition of the patient before advising whether additional bone material is needed.

Who Should Be Consulted for the Implant Treatment?

The first resource for this service should be the general dentist. However, patients can also contact the Burlington dentist at Harbourview Dental for advice because this dental clinic has credentialled dentists including oral surgeons, prosthodontists, periodontists, and general dentists who can perform surgical and restorative procedures. It is important that patients only contact qualified and experienced professionals when they consider dental implants for replacing the missing teeth in their mouths because they will be spending a lot of time for the procedure to be completed and will need to make frequent visits to the dentist’s office.

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